The Northern Soul scene in the UK in late 1960s and ’70s drew inspiration from the classic Motown sound, with selectors digging extremely deep to unearth uptempo soul cuts in the Motown mold that would go on to become dancefloor classics. It was the Northern Soul community that popularized the Motown obscurity “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” by Frank Wilson, re-issuing the single (of which only two original copies exist), and making it one of the most sought after 45 RPM records ever (according to Goldmine, the value of an original copy could approach $100,000).
Jazzamatazz’s recurring “Keep The Faith Flowing” series on Bombshell radio is a great resource for Northern Soul knowledge. Currently 8 episodes deep, the series presents rare and classic singles like Don Varner’s “Tear Stained Face” in a dancefloor-friendly mixed format. Savvy DJs would do well to take notes on the tracklist, as many of these songs are floor-tested classics that don’t turn up easily. – DJ Still Life